Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Latest health-related reports from GAO

Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Have Increased Their Sharing of Health Information, but More Work Remains. GAO-08-954, July 28, 2008 (43 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-954

Emergency Preparedness: States Are Planning for Medical Surge, but Could Benefit from Shared Guidance for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources. GAO-08-668, June 13, 2008 (53 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-668

Hurricane Katrina: Trends in the Operating Results of Five Hospitals in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina.
GAO-08-681R, July 17, 2008 (56 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-681R

Indian Health Service: IHS Mismanagement Led to Millions of Dollars in Lost or Stolen Property. GAO-08-727, June 18, 2008 (41 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-727

Indian Health Service: Mismanagement Led to Millions of Dollars in Lost or Stolen Property and Wasteful Spending. GAO-08-1069T, July 31, 2008 (10 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-1069T

Influenza Pandemic: Federal Agencies Should Continue to Assist States to Address Gaps in Pandemic Planning. GAO-08-539, June 19,
2008 (47 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-539

Long-Term Care Insurance: Oversight of Rate Setting and Claims Settlement Practices. GAO-08-712, June 30, 2008 (35 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-712

Long-Term Care Insurance: State Oversight of Rate Setting and Claims Settlement Practices. GAO-08-1016T, July 24, 2008 (19 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-1016T

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waivers: CMS Should Encourage States to Conduct Mortality Reviews for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. GAO-08-529, May 23, 2008 (49 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-529

Medicare Part B Imaging Services: Rapid Spending Growth and Shift to Physician Offices Indicate Need for CMS to Consider Additional Management Practices. GAO-08-452, June 13, 2008 (49 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-452

Medicare Part D: Complaint Rates Are Declining, but Operational and Oversight Challenges Remain. GAO-08-719, June 27, 2008 (34 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-719

Prescription Drugs: FDA's Oversight of the Promotion of Drugs for Off-Label Uses. GAO-08-835, July 28, 2008 (41 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-835

VA Health Care: Ineffective Controls over Medical Center Billings and Collections Limit Revenue from Third-Party Insurance Companies. GAO-08-675, June 10, 2008 (57 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-675

Veterans Affairs: Health Information System Modernization Far from Complete; Improved Project Planning and Oversight Needed.
GAO-08-805, June 30, 2008 (39 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-805

Veterans Health Administration: Improvements Needed in Design of Controls over Miscellaneous Obligations. GAO-08-1056T, July 31,
2008 (32 pages).
http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/details.php?rptno=GAO-08-1056T
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